Wildlife and disease
together we will put this knowledge to good use

Welcome to the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre

The purpose of the Dutch Wildlife Health Centre is to enhance knowledge and expertise in wildlife health in the Netherlands. This will serve to provide scientifically based information for political and practical decisions concerning public health, wild and domestic animal health, and nature conservation issues.

On our website you can find information about the sorts of disease found in wildlife in the Netherlands and abroad by searching in the disease or species pages.

You can report finding wildlife cadavers via the submission form on our website. For microscopic examination of these animals it is essential that the cadavers are in a fresh state i.e. not dead for more than one day; cadavers should not be frozen. It is therefore preferable to report your findings as soon as possible and to keep the cadaver in a cool (not frozen) place until it can be collected. After submitting your form you will be contacted by the DWHC who will advise you on how to package the cadaver and arrange collection of the package from your home or place of work.

More information about submitting a cadaver is available in the frequently asked questions.

Blackbird DWHC ‘focus species’ 2022

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News

Update avian influenza

Since October 2020 The DWHC and Sovon have collected more than 400 dead wild birds to be tested for avian influenza virus at WBVR in Lelystad, The Netherlands.  Most of the collected birds were individuals, because the NVWA deal with the reports of 3 or more dead waterbirds.
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Agenda

DSWH & BWDS symposium Wildlife diseases going viral

After the success of the first, we are happy to invite you to the second joint symposium organized by The Dutch Society for Wildlife Health (DSWH) and the Belgian Wildlife Disease Society (BWDS).  This second joint symposium aims to illustrate the different interpretations of the subject “Wildlife diseases going
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